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Mike Irvine is a maker who is a lead designer for Useful Robot, which develops geeky kit watches. Mike is also a fencer in his spare time. Noticing that the electronic systems for keeping score were expensive, he decided to create his own system for under a $100, a factor of ten lowering in price of what’s out there now. There are small clubs and schools who would benefit from a more affordable scoring system. Mike hopes to finish up developing a sport fencer device for sale.

I did not know that fencers are plugged into their automatic scoring systems. Wireless systems are used only at the highest level such as the Olympics.


Dale Dougherty

Dale Dougherty

I’m founder of MAKE magazine and creator of Maker Faire, which are produced by Maker Media, where I’m Executive Chairman. I am also Chairman of the Maker Education Initiative (